At Project Bread, we believe good food is a basic right for all. We are proud of our work increasing household dollars spent on healthy food through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and, most recently, through the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). In addition, Project Bread provides support through our FoodSource Hotline and funds community food programs through the annual Walk for Hunger. Despite these efforts, approximately 675,000 Massachusetts residents continue to struggle with hunger.
Project Bread is committed not only to addressing the impact of hunger, but also the root causes of why households go without healthy food. We know that when workers earn a living wage, consumption of fruits and vegetables increase and food insecurity decreases.i By increasing the minimum wage to $15, the Century Foundation approximates that 18,000 Massachusetts households would no longer be food-insecure.ii This represents a 7% reduction in food insecurity in the Commonwealth.
We will continue to proudly help families like Rayna's, but hardworking mothers like her should not have the additional stress of food insecurity. By raising the minimum wage, we can better help families like hers support themselves. That's why Project Bread has submitted written testimony in support of two bills in the Massachusetts Legislature: House Bill 2365 and Senate Bill 1004. These bills would increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2021.
As we continue to support the working families of Massachusetts, we ask you to help amplify our anti-hunger, anti-poverty work by joining the Project Bread Action Team. While our experts can draft testimony, your legislators also want to hear from you, their constituents. Sign up below to join the Action Team and we will update you on progress in the fight for a living wage, as well as on other relevant policies coming out of DC and Beacon Hill. When necessary we will ask you to raise your voice.
We know hunger is often silent, but together we can speak up and speak loudly.